In a story on March 7, the Herald explained that it refused to
publish the student ad on grounds that "it was blatantly false and self-destructive toward the newspaper."
The student coalition's ad later ran in the Daily Cardinal,
the student paper at the University of Wisconsin. Ironically,
the Cardinal decided not to run the Horowitz ad, explaining in
a March 23 editorial that "the UW-Madison campus, its record on
diversity under fire and its students of color enraged at The
Badger Herald's actions, was a tinderbox waiting to explode."
The editorial disagreed with the business staff's decision to
run the student coalition's ad too. "That advertisement, as it
was worded, contained offensive, insulting attacks very
similar to the ones employed by Horowitz."
Meanwhile, the Badger Herald has begun to reap nationwide praise
for being the first campus paper to hold fast to its First Amendment
rights. "Editorial departments including USA Today, the Wall Street
Journal, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Wisconsin State
Journal have applauded our 'courage' and 'principles,'" said Alexander
Conant, the Herald's managing editor, in a Herald editorial on March
27. "I sleep well at night knowing we did not compromise our principles
when others would have."